Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is seeking witnesses to a fatal motor vehicle incident that occurred on Highway 1 in Chilliwack on December 29, 2020.
The IIO is seeking the driver of an eastbound container truck who was passing near the Lickman Road overpass on Highway 1 between 4:20 a.m. and 4:25 a.m., immediately prior to the collision. Investigators believe the driver witnessed the events leading up to the incident and may also have dashcam footage.
The IIO is asking any person who saw, heard or recorded the incident, particularly the driver of the truck described above, to contact the IIO Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.
At approximately 4:00 am, the Upper Fraser Valley detachment of the RCMP received a call about a vehicle travelling the wrong way on Highway 1 near Laidlaw. A Chilliwack RCMP officer located a vehicle travelling westbound in the eastbound lanes near Annis Road. At 4:23 am, approximately 700 metres from the Lickman Road overpass, the vehicle collided head-on with an eastbound vehicle and caught fire. The occupants of both vehicles did not survive.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.